1st Edition

Commonwealth Caribbean Family Law husband, wife and cohabitant

By Karen Tesheira Copyright 2016
    434 Pages
    by Routledge

    434 Pages
    by Routledge

    This important new text is the product of several years of research of the family law of fifteen Commonwealth Caribbean jurisdictions. It is the first and only legal text that comprehensively covers all the main substantive areas of spousal family law, including marriage, divorce, financial support, property rights and domestic violence.

    The rights of the statutory spouse in the jurisdictions of Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago are examined, thus addressing, on a jurisdictional basis, an important area of spousal family that is seldom covered in English family law texts. The book also covers the number and variations of divorce regimes applicable to the region – the matrimonial offence divorce model of Guyana and Montserrat, the English five fact model of Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, Grenada, Anguilla, and St Vincent and the Grenadines, the hybrid model of Antigua and Barbuda, Belize and St Kitts and Nevis, and the no fault model of Jamaica and Barbados.

    This book will prove an indispensable resource for law students and legal academics, as well as for family law practitioners across the English-speaking Caribbean. Other professionals, including sociologists and social workers, will also find the book useful and informative.


    Table of Statutes

    List of Cases

    Part 1-Preliminary Matters

    Chapter 1-Introduction To Spousal Family Law

    Part 2-Marriage and the Statutory Non-Marital Union

    Chapter 2-Marriage and the De Jure Spouse

    Chapter 3-The Statutory Non-Marital Union and the Statutory Spouse

    Chapter 4-The Legal Consequences of Marriage and the Statutory Non-Marital Union: An Overview

    The Breakdown of the Marriage

    Chapter 5-Separation Agreements and Judicial Separation Orders

    Chapter 6- The Void and Voidable Marriage: Declaration and Decree of Nullity

    Chapter 7- Dissolution of Marriage: The Divorce Regimes

    Financial Support: the De Jure and Statutory Spouse

    Chapter 8-Financial Support : Some Preliminaries

    Chapter 9-Financial Support on Dissolution of Marriage or Termination of Statutory non-Marital Union

    Chapter 10-Financial Support During Marriage and the Non-Marital Union

    Property and Property Adjustment Orders

    Chapter 11- The Statutory Regime

    Chapter 12- The Common Intention Constructive Trust

    Chapter 13- inheritance and Family Provision

    Domestic Violence Protection Legislation and Spousal Restraining Orders

    Chapter 14-Domestic Violence Protection and Restraining Orders


    Karen Nunez-Tesheira is a family law expert who has researched extensively into family law across the Commonwealth Caribbean. From 2010 to 2014, she was a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Cave Hill Campus, University of the West Indies, having previously taught at the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad. Between 2007 and 2010, she served as a Member of Parliament and Minister of Finance in the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.